Monday, August 8, 2016

Editors’ Note: Started in 2001 in Brazil, the World Social Forum (WSF) is the largest gathering of civil society organizations to find solutions to the problems of our time by building concrete alternatives to the neoliberal economic model and to politics based on the exploitation of human beings and nature.

Initiatives of Change (IofC) in partnership with other organizations and networks will present four activities at the World Social Forum in Montreal from August 9 to 14.

IofC, together with the Ecumenical Network for Justice, Peace and Ecology (ROJEP) will present the Blanket Exercise to raise awareness of the historical reality of dispossession experienced by the Aboriginal people of Quebec and other parts of Canada as well as its consequences today.

A workshop with the theme "Out of our solitudes, dare to build together" There will be a screening of the film Beyond Forgiving followed by its contextualization in Canada by testimonials from representatives of the four Canadian solitudes (Aboriginal, Francophone, Anglophone, and immigrants), followed by a sharing in a circle with participants.

-A workshop with the theme “How to break the cycle of violence? Relevant stories, intervention, citizen mediation, reparation, healing and reconciliation“ organized by five members of the network Tools of Peace including IofC.

-An activity "Porteur de Parole" with an open question on the theme of peace organized by the members of the September 21 Network namely the Centre Marie Gérin-Lajoie, IofC and Religions for Peace.

Laurent Gagnon and Joseph Vumiliya, Montreal